Today we have part of the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus for our Gospel reading. St Thérèse of Lisieux paraphrased this prayer, making it her own. Here is part of it: ‘“Father, I will that where I am they also whom Thou hast given me may be with me, that they may see my glory which Thou hast given me, because Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world. And I have made known Thy name unto them, and will make it known, that the love wherewith Thou hast loved me may be in them and I in them”. Yea, Lord, thus would I repeat Thy words, before losing myself in Thy loving embrace. Perhaps it is daring, but, for a long time, hast thou not allowed me to be daring with Thee? Thou hast said to me, as the Prodigal’s father to his elder son: “All I have is thine.” And therefore I may use thy very own words to draw down favours from Our Heavenly Father on all who are dear to me. … Love attracts love; mine darts towards Thee, and would fain make the abyss brim over, but alas! it is not even as a dewdrop in the ocean. To love Thee as Thou lovest me, I must make Thy Love mine own. Thus alone can I find rest’.
As we read this prayer in the liturgy at this time, may we too make it our own. May St Thérèse pray for us, and may God bless you this day.